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How to organize and manage interactive notebook materials

Do you use Interactive Notebooks with your students?  I use them with my reading groups and LOVE them.  With using them came needing to find a way to organize the materials and manage these materials in an efficient and easy way.

How to organize and manage interactive notebook materials

After putting the notebooks together, I would find other comprehension pages that I wanted to include or we would need more copies of what was already in it.  The easiest way for me is to have extra copies on hand in this plastic file box.  It's already for hanging file folders.  Just label and file!  I got the plastic file box from Walmart.

How to organize and manage interactive notebook materials

We use a lot of the blank framed pages so I keep extra copies.  As students use their pages and need more, they can get them out of the file box.  That part they can manage themselves!

How to organize and manage interactive notebook materials

I like to use the different colored hanging file folders.  

How to organize and manage interactive notebook materials

The copies are inside.  You can mark the very last one with a sticky note labeled Master copy.  Or even just placing that sticky note on that last copy lets students know not to use it.

How to organize and manage interactive notebook materials

I also like to keep our notebooks in baskets on a shelf.  Helps keep them looking a bit nicer and the pages from being torn out.  

I hope this tip on organization and management of interactive reader's notebooks will help you manage your notebooks too!  It is a part of our monthly Bright Ideas!  


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15 comments:

  1. I have had no experience with interactive notebooks. I'm not surprised that you've got great organizational tips for me if I ever venture that way.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks Tammy! We love the interactive notebooks!

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  2. What a fantastic tip! I have not used interactive notebooks before, but now I want to start on Monday!!
    Alyce

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    1. Thank you, Alyce! If you start to use the interactive notebooks I think you will like them!

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  3. I love those tubs for hanging folders! Thanks for the tips!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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    1. You are welcome, Sally! Thanks for coming by!

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  4. Do you have a copy of the pages you use "sticky note your ideas"? The ones in the pic look very similar to what I already do, I'm just curious if you have some other great ideas for this too.

    Mary
    4th Works

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    1. Those sticky notes are a part of my interactive notebook that I created, Mary. Aren't the sticky notes so motivating for the kids? :) Thanks for coming by!

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  5. A great way to stay organized! We may have to use binders next year-we can't really add anything to ours like that.

    Not Just Child's Play

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    1. Thank you Miss Trayers! I really like using 3 ring binders so I can add to them.

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  6. I have that exact clear bucket... never thought of using it for this! Thanks!

    Jennifer with Simply Kinder

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    1. You are welcome, Jennifer! I really like those clear file boxes!

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  7. Lori,

    I love this idea... currently, I am trying it out with the composition books. I am a little nervous about setting it all up, and then not having enough room for the pages I want to put in there. Part of me may do one set for the fiction and one set for the nonfiction in grades 3-5 and perhaps I will use the folder for Word Study handouts. Any ideas for me ? I am using Nicole Shelby's units !

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    1. I have used spiral notebooks in the past, Wendy. The one thing I didn't like about them is I couldn't just easily add pages to them when I wanted to. The 3 ring binders work the best for me. Using different notebooks for fiction and nonfiction could work well too!

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  8. Love all the organization in this post! Your interactive notebook pages are so cute- I know your kids must love them!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

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